An increasing number of women from China and Taiwan are travelling to the San Fransisco Bay Area to give birth so that their child can be granted U.S citizenship. The piece of documentation comes at a price though, and this most certainly does not come in baby size.
Some women pay as much as $30,000 to agencies specialising in the growing “birth industry”. These agencies provide online package deals which include four-month stays in a “maternity house”, meals and transportation to doctors’ appointments and hospitals.
Not included in the packages are plane tickets, tourist visas and all medical expenses, which could easily add up to another $30,000.
As promised, when the baby is born, he or she automatically receives U.S citizenship which is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. With this, they are entitled the same benefits enjoyed by other American citizens, such as education in the U.S.
CBS San Fransisco reports:
They [the parents] said they are investing in a future that promises freedom, top schools, and success. As one website promises: your child could be the founder of the next high tech company, like Apple.
Many “maternity houses” were previously located in Southern California but were met with hostility (much like the reception of “birth tourism” in Hong Kong) and were pushed north to the Bay Area.
These parents don’t seem to care though, with “birth tourism” only on the way up, now even spreading to the tropical Pacific Island, Saipan.
Now who said pregnancy couldn’t be glamorous anyway?
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By Mandy Liang